Rottnest Island Nursing Post

About us

We provide emergency and primary healthcare services to Rottnest Island residents and visitors. Our dedicated team includes a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse manager, two clinical nurses and an administration assistant. 

The nursing team is supported by a doctor over the busy summer period and during winter school holiday weekends. During other peak periods Rottnest Island Nursing Post receives additional medical support from Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department Consultants. We can also call in additional registered nurses and enrolled nurses to assist when required.

Our nurses have extensive knowledge and skills in advanced assessment, diagnosis, nursing care and evaluation. The Nursing Post is equipped to offer Advanced Life Support (ALS) and all registered nurses are ALS competent.

We use a specially-equipped ambulance to retrieve patients when necessary and patients who need advanced ongoing care are transferred to mainland tertiary hospitals.

We work closely with the Rottnest Island Authority, WA Police and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority to provide coordinated emergency responses.

We also provide support services such as x-ray, pathology testing and limited medication supplies.

Patient information

Visitors to the island are encouraged to bring adequate supplies of their own prescription medications and a small first aid kit. The local Wellness Centre provides a pharmacy service for island visitors.

Treatment charges apply for those who do not have a valid Medicare card or  international visitors whose home country does not have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia (Healthy WA). Charges also apply for some medications.

We encourage you to be actively involved in all aspects of your healthcare and invite you to read the Patient First booklet found throughout Fremantle Hospital.

Information for health professionals

Information for GPs

Due to its isolation, the Nursing Post has limited material resources and patients requiring dressings should be advised to bring adequate supplies for the duration of their stay.


Enquiries about patient referrals should be made to the Clinical Nurse Manager, accompanied by a detailed written referral.

David Charlton, Clinical Nurse Manager/Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 9292 5030

Education/training opportunities

Nurse student placements may be considered – please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager for details.

Contact us

Location: 2 Abbott St, Rottnest Island
Phone: 9292 5030
Fax: 9292 5121

Operating hours

8.30am – 4.30pm daily

A registered nurse is on-call for emergencies. 

After-hours calls are referred to HealthDirect (external site) and following a telephone assessment, patients may be directed to the on-call registered nurse for treatment.

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